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Back Pain In Pregnancy

Posted by on Saturday, September 5, 2009, 13:01
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This is a common problem not surprisingly? Think about it over a a matter of months a woman gains roughly 2 stone in weight, most of it around the belly, her posture changes dramatically and her ligaments start to slacken in order to prepare for birth.

The change in posture alone can result in stressed being passed to tissues such as muscles and ligaments, which are not used to this amount of strain. Consequently, these tissues protest pain! In the last few months a woman’s pelvis is preparing for the birth process, the ligaments slacken and allow more movement in the sacro iliac joints and at the pubic symphysis.

This makes these joints more prone to being strained, which can be very sore, making getting around very difficult. The best advice in this situation is to get off to see a chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist, who, apart from easing the situation for you, will give you advice on the bringing process as well if you ask for it!

Getting comfortable in bed can be quite difficult. Generally you will not be able to lie on your front. Lying on your back could be very uncomfortable due to the weight of the baby lying on your bladder and other abdominal contents. So, most women end up lying on their sides. In this position, you may find it helpful to have a pillow between your knees to keep the pelvis level, and a thin pillow underneath your belly to stop yourself from rolling forwards with the weight of the baby.

The golden rule holds true for pregnant women as well use it or lose it but don’t ever Abuse it! You should continue to take exercise within the limits of your discomfort, it it hurts don’t do it! On the other hand, if you just sit or lie around waiting for your baby to appear, your muscles will waste and your joints seize up making delivery that much harder, and you will not recover from the birth as quickly.

So, be sensible, don’t tire yourself out, but don’t tire your chair out either. Again, if in doubt, speak to your chiropractor, oesteopath or physiotherapist. There is often controversy over how much you should work your abdominal muscles. If your abdominal muscles are well exercises during pregnancy they should not tire as quickly during delivery as they would if you do not exercise at all.

Very few women suffer from over development of their abdominal muscles! Remember that they will have a lot of work to do during delivery almost certainly more than ever before, so you should prepare for this. Do abdominal strengthening exercise on the toilet.

Do not make mistake of believing that all pain in your lower back, pelvis or legs due to the baby pushing on something. If the pain is not relieved by changing position and getting the baby to shift around then consult a chiropractor, oesteopath or physiotherapist.

Fist time parents are particularly st risk of low back pain as they are suddenly doing more bending, lifting and carrying. The ideal would be to go into training for parenthood. Perhaps emotionally as well as physically!

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1 Response to “Back Pain In Pregnancy”

  1. 15 September, 2009, 6:16

    Lower back pain can be the first sign that a woman may be pregnant, especially when there has not been a trauma or any other reason for back pain to appear.

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